4 Natural Ways to Use Marigolds
Marigolds are beautiful flowers, but did you know they have many uses that you may not know. In this article, we will explore 4 natural uses for Marigold to help solve some common problems on your homestead.
Marigolds are easy to grow and maintain. For many gardeners, this is one of the first flowers they grow. Marigolds can be planted from seed or by purchasing a small starter plant from your local garden store.
When growing from seed, the Marigold takes 8 – 12 weeks to develop and begin flowering. Many people start seeds indoors at the end of winter to be ready for spring planting. Marigolds planted in the ground require little water after they have taken root. Marigolds planted in containers may need more frequent watering since planters tend to dry out quicker.
- Marigolds are available in both annual and perennial verities.
- Marigold can grow 8 to 40 inches tall depending on the species planted
- Marigold blooms can range from 1 inch to 5 inches
- Marigold flowers come in several different colors from yellow to dark orange.
4 Natural ways to use Marigolds
Marigolds and Chickens
Chickens love the flowers of the Marigold flower. You can feed the flowers to your chickens with their feed either in dry or fresh. The Marigold provide carotenes, flavonoids, lutein and lycopene nutrients that assist in tissue and blood vessel health. Marigolds will also darken the egg yokes for healthier eggs.
Marigold cuttings can be used in nesting boxes to reduce mites and lice. When lining a nesting box, take cuttings of the leaves, stems, and flowers from your marigolds. Spread the cuttings inside your nesting box. Change the cuttings about every two weeks.
Marigolds dye has been used throughout the ages. The bright yellow and vibrant oranges make it an excellent choice for dying fabric, yarn and even as food coloring.
How to make marigold dye?
- Harvest marigold flowers
- Soke the flowers overnight in water
- Use a hand blender to chop the flowers
- Boil the chopped flowers and water on the stove for about an hour
- Strain the flower peddles from the liquid into another pot or bowl to get your marigold dye.
Marigolds in the Garden
Marigolds are an excellent addition to any garden. Marigolds act as a natural insect repellant for pest while attracting beneficial pollinating insects like bees and butterflies.
Marigolds can be used in companion planting to reduce pests for certain types of plants. These include: basil broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash, melons, and tomatoes
How to make a natural pesticide for your garden?
You can use marigolds to brewed a natural pesticide for your garden. To create your natural pesticide:
- Take some cuttings from your flower. You can use the flowers, stems, and leaves.
Boil the cuttings in a pot
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature
- Strain the plant cuttings from the liquid
- Combine the marigold liquid and about a teaspoon of Castile liquid soap into a spray bottle.
- Use the natural spray to repel insects from your garden.
Marigolds Herbal Remedies
For centuries Marigolds have been used as an herbal remedy. Marigolds have antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. The plants have many uses for both internal and external ailments.
“Tin Can Junction does not provide medical advice; you should always speak to a medical professional before using any herbal remedies. Pregnant women should never use Marigolds internally!”
Marigold flowers can be dried, made into a tea or eaten fresh on a salad or other dish. Some uses for Marigolds internally include:
- A Remedy for menstrual cramps
- Reducing ulcer pain
- Reducing bowel inflammation and relaxing the digestion trach
Marigold flowers can be used externally as a tea or as salves. Some uses for marigolds externally include:
Healing wounds like cuts, scrapes, bites, and scratches
- Treat diaper rash
- Treat insect bites and stings
- Promote healthy tissue growth and fight infection
- Reduce irritation and swelling
- Treatment for burns
- Treatment for bruising
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